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Francis X. Moll


Francis X. Moll, a farmer and large land owner of Cinque Homme Township, Perry Co., Mo., is a son of Egbert Moll who was born in the Grand Duchy of Baden in 1809. After receiving his education, Egbert Moll entered the German army when twenty-one years of age, and passed through many battles. He drew a pension from the German Government at the time of his death. He did not, however, serve the required time, but bought himself out at the expiration of two years.

He married Agnes Lirchy?, also a native of Baden, and had eight children when he sailed for America, in 1832. The children were Joseph, Catherice (who married Jacob Grimes, and died in Illinois), Frances (now the wife of Henty Buchhite), Ignatius, Egdly (the owner of a lead mine in Missouri), Christian, Francis X. and Martin. The family landed in New York from whence they went to Buffalo, N. Y., coming to Missouri in 1836. Mr. Moll entered eighty acres of land in Perry County, and established a home for himself and family, where he passed the remainder of his life.

Francis X. received his education in Perry County, and learned the cooper’s trade at which he worked eight or ten years. He then engaged in farming in Perry County, but soon sold his land and removed to Illinois. Returning to Perry County he located on his present farm on Apple Creek. He has a well- improved farm, on which are indications of lead deposits of good quality, which when fully developed will make him a small fortune.

In 1848 he married Frances Wingler, a native of the county, and to them have been born fourteen children, eleven of whom are living. The family belong to the Catholic Church. In politics Mr. Moll is a Democrat.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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